I believe the concept of ‘Digital Systems’ can be strongly related to the Humanities and Social Science Curriculum [HASS]. Specifically, the History sub strand of HASS plays a large role in allowing children to make sense of how technology has changed over time.
The following lesson aims to expand student’s awareness of technology by looking at inventions from the past and present and learning at how they have influenced and lead to the development of current day inventions.
Ask students open ended questions such as:
- What does the word technology mean to you? What kinds of things do you think of?
- *Show specific items e.g. wood, rocks* Are any of these items’ technology? Why or why not?
- Which do you think was invented first, the pencil or the ballpoint pen? Why?
- What do you think were some of the earliest inventions?
- Students will be directed to a website ‘History of Inventions’ and fill in an e-sheet.
- Upon completion the class will discuss their findings
- Based on the e-sheet from the above exercise divide the class into groups and delegate one invention from the invention timeline
The above lesson is derived from the following link: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/technology-past-present-and-future/